LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – If you hoped to see history being made in person and wanted free tickets to Barack Obama’s presidential inauguration Jan. 20 in Washington DC, you’re too late. You not only can’t get tickets, now you can’t even get on the ticket waiting list.
Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA 15th Dist.), who represents Sanatoga and Lower Pottsgrove Township, said Thursday (Nov. 13, 2008) it stopped taking requests for Inauguration Day swearing-in tickets due to “unprecedented” demand.
Dent’s staff began accepting constituent requests for tickets before Election Day. Orders were placed on a first-come, first-served waiting list. But being on the list, staffers cautioned, was no guarantee of seating; the number of tickets allotted to each Congressional office has not yet been publicly announced.
As of Thursday it became clear, according to Dent’s office, that no matter how many tickets are distributed the requests will far exceed supply. “Unfortunately, anyone calling … at this point would have no chance,” it said in a press release.
Tickets will be distributed to Congressional offices the week before inauguration. Those lucky enough to go must pick them up in person, with proper identification. And if you think you can buy a ticket, beware. “No Web site or other ticket outlet has tickets to sell,” Dent adds, “regardless of what they may claim.”
Photo supplied by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inauguration Ceremonies